Grants

Grants are free money from the government to help you pay for college.

Grants are like scholarships because they provide free money to help you afford college. You don’t have to repay grants, unlike student loans.

Grants are usually awarded through federal or state financial aid programs.

Each grant program has different criteria for eligibility, and you may have to continue to meet certain requirements after you graduate.

The Federal Pell Grant program is a program for undergraduate students who have financial need.

This grant is renewable each year, and the first step to apply is to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a program for undergraduate students who have financial need.

WSU receives a certain amount of SEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid. Once all the funds have been awarded to students, no more SEOG awards can be made that year.

To have the best chance at a SEOG grant, file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible starting Oct. 1.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program helps make college education more affordable for students who plan to be teachers.

The TEACH grant is available for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students.

This grant is renewable each year, and the first step to apply is to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Minnesota Student Teacher Grants program supports students who intend to be teachers and are required to have at least 12 weeks of student teaching experience.

The Minnesota Student Teacher Grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students.

To apply, you’ll need to submit an online grant application and demonstrate financial need with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act application.

Through the Minnesota Dream Act, undocumented students enrolled at public college and universities can receive:

  • in-state tuition rates
  • institutional financial aid
  • state financial aid

The Minnesota DREAM Act benefits are available to undergraduate and graduate students, though you must meet certain eligibility criteria.

To apply, you’ll need to submit an online grant application and provide required documentation.

The Minnesota State Grant is a program for undergraduate students who have financial need.

The award amount is calculated based on how many credits you’re enrolled in. If you’re taking at least 15 credits, you’d receive the full amount.

This grant is renewable each year, and the first step to apply is to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low-income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes.

This grant is available to students who are pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and professional degrees.